- Bishop David Oyedepo, the presiding bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, said greatest challenge facing the black man is laziness
- Oyedepo also challenged the African academicians to ‘stop being merely bookish and start grooming thinkers’
- He said the academicians should be development-oriented in everything they do
Bishop David Oyedepo, the presiding bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, said the greatest challenge facing the black man is not intellectual bankruptcy, but laziness.
Oyedepo made this known at the 54th meeting of the Committee of Deans of Post Graduate Schools in Nigerian Universities at Covenant University, Ota, Ogun state.
The Nation reports that the chancellor of Covenant University said his experiences with those in the academia shows that many of them are simply so proud of having become an authority in their chosen fields.
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He said: “Everywhere I go in Nigeria today, everybody continues to complain that things are not working; but who will start how things will work and when? That person is you and that time is now, and postgraduate education should serve as a platform for inciting our students into thinking solutions. Today, it is thinkers that rule the world and we should be development-oriented in things we do.
“Leadership is not being in the driver seat, but adding values. As a dean, you must start thinking what difference you are going to make in that position; what contributions in terms of innovations and feat.
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‘’You have no business being in that position if you cannot make that difference that will be a reference point to your successors years after you have left.”
According to him, combines research alongside critical thinking of solutions. Man’s biological configuration remains the same regardless of colour or height, Oyedepo argued.
He said Africa has a lot to tap from Covenant University which was birthed through indigenous thinking and currently ranks as the second-best university in Nigeria just within 15 years of existence.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Bishop Oyedepo said Nigeria would not breakup in spite of its present challenges.
He said this in a satellite telecast of the church’s prayer session monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos on Monday, October 2.
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